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Smith Funeral Home

128 East 5Th Street, Flatonia, TX

OBITUARY

Julio R. Almaraz

4 April , 19523 November , 2019
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1952-2019 Julio Almaraz, 67, of Beaumont, TX passed away Sunday, November 3, 2019. He was born on April 4, 1952, in Waelder, TX, to Amalia Almaraz and the late Dionicio Almaraz also from Waelder, TX. Julio has been a resident of the Beaumont/Golden Triangle area since he moved there in 1994. He is survived by his partner, Susan Ramirez of Cross Plains, TX, his brother’s, Lupe Almaraz of Waelder, TX, Jesse Almaraz & wife Marie, of Waelder, TX, his sister’s, Rosa Segura and late husband Domingo of Houston, TX and his late sister Ernestina Almaraz also of Waelder, TX. He is also survived by his son’s, Isaac Almaraz & wife, Alica of Groves, TX and Thomas Almaraz and partner Nathan Stopyra of Austin, TX. Three Grandchildren, Andrew Almaraz of Garland, TX, Dio and Trisha Almaraz of Groves, TX and two Step Grandchildren Evan Farley of Irving, TX and Eva Farley of Cross Plains, TX, also nephew Matthew Almaraz of College Station, TX and many many other family members and friends. Pallbearers: Brandon Cruz, Andrew Almaraz, Dio Almaraz, Matthew Almaraz, Chris Esparza and Evan Farley. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, father, sister and brother-in-law. Visitation for family will be held Friday, November 8, 2019 at 6:00 PM followed by the Rosary at 7:00 PM at Smith Funeral Home, 128 E 5th St, Flatonia, TX 78941. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, November 9, 2019 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 613 Hwy 90 E, Waelder, TX 78959 with burial to follow at Waelder Community Cemetery. Arrangements for a memorial service in the Beaumont area will be held in Sour Lake Sunday, November 10, 2019- at First Baptist Church, 765 6th St, Sour Lake, TX 77659 at 3:00 PM. Words of comfort can be sent to the family at www.smithfuneralhomeflatonia.com

  • FAMILY

  • Dionicio Almaraz, Father (deceased)
  • Amalia Almaraz, Mother
  • Susan Ramirez, Partner
  • Lupe Almaraz, Brother
  • Jesse Almaraz, Brother
  • Marie Almaraz, Sister-in-law
  • Rosa Segura, Sister
  • Domingo Segura, Brother-in-law (deceased)
  • Ernestina Almaraz, Sister (deceased)
  • Isaac Almaraz, Son
  • Alica Almaraz, Daughter-in-law
  • Thomas Almaraz, Son
  • Nathan Stopyra, Friend
  • Matthew Almaraz, Nephew
  • 3 grandchildren; Andrew Almaraz, Dio Almaraz and Trisha Almaraz 2 step grandchildren; Evan Farley and Eva Farley And many many other family members and friends.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Brandon Cruz, Active
  • Andrew Almaraz, Active
  • Dio Almaraz, Active
  • Matthew Almaraz, Active
  • Chris Esparza, Active
  • Evan Farley, Active

Services

  • Visitation Friday, 8 November , 2019
  • Rosary Friday, 8 November , 2019
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, 9 November , 2019
  • Burial Saturday, 9 November , 2019
  • Memorial Service Sunday, 10 November , 2019

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Paula Robinson

8 November 2019

Thinking about ya'll.

Brent Louviere

7 November 2019

Simply put, I am a better person for having known this man. He had a heart of gold who never met a stranger. One of a thousand wonderful memories I could share is when Julio and I attended the NASCAR race a couple years ago to celebrate his 65th birthday. Watching him light up like a teenage boy when he saw the cars and then Danica Patrick in person was something I’ll never forget! :-)
My heart goes out to the entire Almaraz family at this time. He will truly be missed.

Amanda Elkins

7 November 2019

My heart is heavy for this loss. Julio was always a soft spoken man but was loved by so many. His presence will be missed at the holiday functions this year. Sending all my love and prayers to the entire family.

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Biography

“Anything is possible.” That is what Julio R. Almaraz believed about life. He was a creative man, a perpetual inventor, who seemed to be able to find a solution for any difficulty confronting him. He had faith in his ability to find those solutions. Julio thoroughly enjoyed understanding how things worked. He possessed an inquisitive, confident, and rational nature matched with a versatile and agile mind. Julio was a person who believed that he could achieve whatever he set out to do.

       His parents were Dionicio and Amalia Almaraz. Julio was raised in Waelder, Texas, Houston, Texas and Beaumont, Texas. He showed his ingenuity even as a child. When he was confronted with a problem, Julio could develop an imaginative solution, and he derived satisfaction from knowing he had that ability.

      This same talent for finding solutions had a positive bearing on Julio's family relationships. Julio was raised with four siblings. He had one older sister - Rosa, two younger brothers - Lupe and Jesse, and one younger sister - Ernestina. When a difficult situation or dilemma arose within the family, Julio was always there to help figure out a solution for making things work.

      As a young boy, Julio could be found building and inventing new and different things. He was curious, resourceful and interested in anything original. He was a member of FFA. In his spare time he liked to play baseball.

      Endowed with an appetite for knowing how his world worked, Julio enjoyed school, especially when the learning experience involved dissecting and probing the unknown. Julio was adept at scrutinizing different possibilities and designing innovative solutions. He graduated from Waelder High School in 1971. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was Agriculture, and his main accomplishment was Graduating High School.

      Julio was socially resourceful, an expressive person who was willing to try new things. These qualities drew a lively circle of friends around him. Always interested in his friends’ activities and interests, Julio was uncritical of his acquaintances. He was sought after by people who recognized that he was generous with his time and energy, and these same friends found Julio to be very stimulating company. Julio's humor and curiosity were contagious for those around him. While growing up, some of his friends were Oscar Melchor, Joe Mendoza, Abel Tovar, Victor Tovar, Joe Almaraz and Crespin Esparza. Becoming best friends with Oscar Melchor.

       Julio was adept at devising original and creative ways to enhance and improve the marriage partnership. Julio was seldom a critical person, but rather the one who was able to bring out the best in others. Julio was an entertaining conversationalist who was quick to respond to others needs. He was a vibrant personality and he enjoyed time with Enedina (Nina), who he later divorced. In fact, those who knew him often remarked that Julio loved to argue for argument’s sake. He was very perceptive in recognizing others’ feelings.

      Julio's remarkable talent for being inventive influenced his relationship with his children. He would create original, clever and fun games for his kids and had a knack for finding ways to make everyday events, even chores, enjoyable to them. Julio was blessed with two sons, Isaac and Thomas. They were also blessed with three grandchildren: Andrew, Dio and Trisha. Someone who was quick to laugh, Julio found it easy to spend lots of time with his children, but he was never overbearing or guilty of pushing himself on them.

      As a born inventor, Julio was definitely in his element in his work place. He could easily create new and innovative systems, and incorporate those changes to bring a fresh approach to any work situation. Julio was a focused worker with a strong drive for achievement. He could assess all of the options before him and, using his analytical skills, could comfortably find answers that no one else had even considered. His personal initiative inspired those around him. Julio was always good at getting a project started and then, at the appropriate time, handing it on to a colleague. His primary occupation was Management and Electrician. He was employed for 33 years at Sutherland Lumber Company and M&D Electric Company for 10 years. Julio always made an effort to be a team player, doing what needed was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Julio's passion for finding a better way to do things was often an end in itself for him. In fact, that interest by itself became something of a hobby for this perpetual problem solver. Since Julio was always searching for new and unusual activities, he developed many interests and leisure pursuits. Some of the things he became an “expert” in might come as a surprise to those who knew him, but most friends and family understood that Julio simply couldn’t be limited to just a few activities or ideas. His favorite pursuits were bowling, playing pool, fishing, building things, playing baseball, Bar-B-Q, hunting, loved car racing, watching antique car shows and swimming.

      Julio's calm demeanor and eternally positive outlook served him well in sports. Recreational sports included bowling, playing pool, baseball and fishing. Julio was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were football, baseball, golf and bowling.

      Julio's talents were well suited for being actively involved in professional and community organizations, something he did throughout his life. He enjoyed being involved and was willing to jump in and help out in most any situation. Julio could bring a breath of fresh air to any organization, simply by introducing his novel ideas and problem solving strategies.

      Faith and religion were important to Julio. He was a member of every place he was accepted.

      With all of his talents, his ingenuity, his solutions and inventiveness, it is no surprise that Julio received public recognition for his competence. With the drive and ability to meet any challenge, Julio accumulated a long list of achievements throughout his life. Some of his most prestigious awards included bowling trophies, baseball trophies and work recognition.

      Having the opportunity to visit and explore a new place always intrigued Julio. Traveling and going away on vacations offered yet another opportunity for Julio to expand his ever-growing inventory of knowledge. Favorite vacation places included anywhere there was a lake.

      Julio was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Julio's favorites was Ashton, a Lab/Pit mix. They were best friends until Ashton passed at the age of 14, Julio had him for his last 10 years of Ashton's life. His family was rounded out by his many other dogs from many friends.

      Even while in semi-retirement, Julio never stopped exercising his inventive talents, and this new phase of his life provided new opportunities for stimulating his interests. Julio retired In 2005 for a little while, then went back to work until his death and lived in Beaumont, Texas. In semi-retirement, he found new pleasure in building anything he put his hands on, would garden and watch TV. Even in semi-retirement, Julio continued to stay in touch with his old friends and while making plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in the community and felt fulfilled.

      Julio passed away on November 3, 2019 at His residence in Beaumont, Texas. Cause of death was a heart attack. He is survived by his mother Amalia, sister - Rosa, brothers - Lupe and Jesse, sons - Isaac and Thomas and grandchildren - Andrew, Dio and Trisha. Services were held at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Julio was laid to rest in Waelder Community Cemetery in Waelder, Texas.

      During his lifetime, nothing appeared impossible to Julio. He met the words “it can’t be done” with the enthusiastic challenge of a “wanna bet” attitude. Julio was able to recognize the possibilities a new idea held, even when those around him could not. For Julio, the traditional way of doing things fell short of his expectations, especially if there were original and untested methods for handling a challenge. For Julio R. Almaraz, the fun of living his life could be found in the challenge.